Author & Illustrator

Robert Quackenbush

Robert Quackenbush, the author and illustrator of more than two hundred books for young readers, is a graduate of the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles and also has a master’s degree in social studies and a PhD in childhood education. Quackenbush’s many books include Henry the Duck, Detective Mole, Miss Mallard, Pete Pack Rat, and Sheriff Sally Gopher. He is the three-time winner of the American Flag Institute Award for outstanding contributions to children’s literature and winner of an Edgar Allan Poe Special Award for best juvenile mystery. He lives in New York City with his wife, Margery, director of NAAP. Their now adult son, Piet, was the inspiration for many of the author’s books when he was growing up.

Most Recent Book
Henry's Awful Mistake book

About My Many Books for Young Readers

Fiction and non-fiction pictures books and chapter books for all for ages written and illustrated by Robert Quackenbush


"About" from the Simon and Schuster Summer 2018 Catalog


What advice do you have for parents and others who are trying to raise readers?

Parents reading to their children when they are very young is the best way I have found to raise a child to love books and reading. Then, by having them write and illustrate their own stories, when they are ready, inspires them with further with a love of books and reading.

Do you have any upcoming books you can tell us about?

Aladdin Books of Simon & Schuster Children's Book Division is launching 29 of my books out into the world in sparkly new editions that include 15 Miss Mallard Mysteries for Aladdin's QUIX program, 10 Henry the Duck picture books, .and 4 Sherlock Chick picture book mysteries.

Do you have a favorite of the children's books you've written? Why?

All of the many books I have written and illustrated are each favorites to me because they are like diaries. Each tells a specific moment in my life when I was at work creating them.

What do you do when you're in need of some inspiration?

Children have always been the source of my inspiration for all the books I have written and illustrated. When my son was growing up, he was my inspiration as were the children in the after school art classes I have offered at my studio over the years. And now my son's two children, Aidan and Emma, provide new inspiration. So whenever I am in need of some inspiration I look to children.

What do you hope to be remembered for?

Like my father, who was a man who loved children, that is the way I want to be remembered, too.

What do you hope young readers experience from your work?

Curiousity. Most of my books are about exploring and finding the answers to things, whether told in mysteries or comic adventures such as Henry the Duck books about a disaster prone duck and his misadventures with titles like HENRY'S AWFUL MISTAKE in which he demolishes his house during his quest to get rid of a pesky ant.

What is the biggest challenge you face when writing/illustrating a children's book?

Getting started. It is like stage fright. But I follow the suggestion I tell my students whenever I am faced with a blank sheet of paper to start my next book: "Make a mark on the sheet of paper and then you are on your way!"

chapter Books

Taxi to Intrigue
ducks · mystery · detectives · art
Gondola to Danger: A Miss Mallard Mystery
detectives · mystery
Bicycle To Treachery
art · detectives
Gondola To Danger
ducks · fact filled · mystery · detectives
Stairway to Doom: A Miss Mallard Mystery
mystery · ducks · detectives · sleuthing
Texas Trail to Calamity: A Miss Mallard Mystery
detectives · sleuthing · ducks · mystery · rocks
Dig to Disaster: A Miss Mallard Mystery
ducks · mystery · detectives
Bicycle to Treachery: A Miss Mallard Mystery
ducks · mystery · London
Taxi to Intrigue: A Miss Mallard Mystery

picture Books

Henry's Awful Mistake book
ducks · humor · ants
Henry's Awful Mistake
mystery · detectives · chickens
Sherlock Chick's First Case
explorers · ducks · horses · adventure
Henry Goes West
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